The War Pensions Act provides for unlimited free travel on public transport for severely disabled War Veterans.
Yesterday it was announced that Cabinet has signed off on a deal that extends this to include private transport. Once the necessary Regulations are Gazetted entitled Veterans will be able to claim reimbursement calculated at 22.5 cents per kilometer for every journey over 80 kilometers (160 kilometers round trip).
The Veteran estimates that around 1,500 Veterans will be eligible for this new payment which is tax free.
The change will particularly advantage Veterans in the Far North, East Coast North Island and West Coast South Island where there is limited public transport but the reality is that most eligible Veterans will benefit one way or other.
In a time of financial stringency it is encouraging that Government has seen fit to honour disabled War Veterans this way.
Judith Collins, as Minister for Veterans' Affairs, is to be congratulated.